Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

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Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs is situated in a village named Ibbankatuwa in Talakiriyagama which is about 3km southwest of Dambulla city, Sri Lanka. Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs is an ancient burial ground that covers an extent of about 1 sq km.

About the destination

Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs is an age-old burial ground that was used in the 6th century B.C. It is one of the largest and best-preserved ancient burial grounds found in Sri Lanka. 42 clusters of cist tombs were found and each tomb has a floor slab, four upright stone units, and a capstone forming a rectangular chamber. Urns were discovered that contained cremated human remains and rich finds of grave articles in the form of pottery and beads of high craftsmanship.

Ibbankatuwa artistry

There were pottery and beads found among the burial of Ibbankatuwa and these provide enough proof to show the use of pottery and the sense of jewelry used at that time. Carnelian beads were also found which showcases foreign trade associated with these settlements at that time.

Reaching the destination

From Colombo

Take the McCallum road then go on the Colombo-Katunayake expressway and exit from the Ja-Ela exit. Turn right onto Chilaw – Colombo Main Road and turn right onto Kurunegala Road. Turn right to Kathiresan Kovil Road and turn right at Golahenwatta Junction onto Kurunegala Road to reach your destination.

From Dambulla

Go on Ambepussa – Kurunegala Highway and turn right after 180 meters to reach your destination.

Business Hours

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